are at once introduced to God's mysterious ways. It is the very front-look of life — mystery. It surrounds us on every side. We cannot look in any direction but we bee it. We see so little, and by that little, when we come to look closely into it, how we are baffled. Enigma, perplexity, doubt, confront us at every step. Yet it is in this mystery God dwells : ' Thus spake Solomon, " The Lord said that He would dwell in the thick darkness." And, starting as Israel now was on their wilderness journey, it seemed to teach them their first and most needed lesson — trust in God. It seemed to say, ' Walk not by sight, but by faith ; ' not your way, but mine ; not the way seen and ' near,' but that which is out of sight. Yes, that .was their lesson, as it is ours all through life. ' We walk by faith, not by sight.' 'Walk as seeing Him who is invisible.' LEADIG ABOUT. 21 ' God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near ; . . . but God led the people about.' We are always taking the seen and the near. Here is a way, and it seems so clear, so straight, so simple, and by taking it we are so sure to reach the end in view. Why not take it ? What a mistake to go round about ! And by thus hedging up our way, and closing the door through which it seemed so easy to pass, God seems unkind. His ways seem foolish. ' Surely, there is some mistake ! It is not love to act thus. It cannot be.' Thus man measures God and His ways by his own poor, short-sighted standards, and is thrown into the dark, and kept waiting for days, months, years, it may be.